The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday directed the Haryana government to pass awards to those farmers of Rewari district, except petitioners challenging acquisition before the court, whose more than 3,600 acres of land was acquired in 2011 for developing multi-modal logistic hub.
The directions came from the division bench comprising acting chief justice Ashutosh Mohunta and justice Anupinder Singh Grewal on a bunch of four petitions filed by Bhoomi Adhigrahan Virodhi Sangharsh Samiti, Rewari, and other farmers.
The high court had earlier on June 30 ordered that status quo with regard to the entire land acquisition proceedings should be maintained. Thursday's directions came on an application moved by around 40 farmers submitting that they had no problem if their land is acquired by the state government provided they are paid suitable compensation.
The agricultural land was acquired for "public purpose" of development of multi-modal logistic hub, industrial infrastructure with other allied public utilities in Rewari. In this case, the Haryana government had issued a notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, on July 14, 2011, and notification under Section 6 on July 11, 2012, for acquisition of more than 3,600 acres of land.
A large number of small-scale farmers from Bawal, Banipur, Aashalwas, Bagthala, Pathuhera, Ibrahimpur, Mangleshwar, Kheramurar, Bawal, Bhodhai, Kasoli, Bakhapur, Garhi Bolni, Lodhana, Pithanwas and Kasola villages had approached the high court, raising their grievance that their land was acquired illegally by not affording them an effective opportunity of hearing under Section 5-A of the Act.
The case has now been posted for next hearing to January 22.